Want to go on a picnic?

This month’s Paper Pumpkin is picnic themed.  Have you gone on a picnic recently?  Do you pick up some fried chicken or do you make tamales?  What is your tradition?

For today’s picnic we are having paper.  I know it’s not the most appetizing but that’s what is on the menu.  I took the Apron of Love and the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and created this cherry pie in the sky card.  The basket and apple card are created from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.


If you would like to see these created please go to https://youtu.be/DTI3xvRi6cI.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sponging three different ways.

I figured since the Paper Pumpkin has a picnic theme this month I would continue that theme with the basket weaving embossing folder.  So today’s technique is how to color this basket weave with a sponge.  You can also spritz, dip, paint, or bleach it.  But, for now, we sponge.


The top color was done with a sponge using a streaking motion.  I pulled the color across the page.

The middle color was done with a dabbing motion.

The bottom color was done with a dabbing motion with a twist of the wrist.

Which is your favorite?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Basket-weaving 101.

Today’s card looks much more complicated than it actually is.  Here are the steps.

  1.  Cut white thick card base to 8 1/2 X 5 1/5 inches.  Score at 4 1/4 inches.
  2. Cut whisper white cardstock to 5 1/4 inches X 4 inches.  This is your mat.
  3. Take a piece of scrap white cardstock for the stamped basket.
  4. You will also need burlap ribbon, berry burst ribbon, basket bundle, glue dots, dimensionals, and fast fuse adhesive.  Snail adhesive will work as well.

The following are photos to illustrate how to color the white cardstock to create your weave.

Stamp the basket with memento ink and color with the stampin’ blends (alcohol markers).


Cut out the basket after stamping and coloring a butterfly in the handle.  Glue with glue dots for the ribbon, fast fuse for the mat, and dimensionals for the basket cutout.


For questions on this tutorial please contact me at:

Office (760) 361-2939

Cell (760) 362-3995


Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

When re-inkers are also paint.

The re-inker bottles are not just for re-inking your pads.  You can also drop a few drops of color in an aqua painter to make a watercolor wash.  You can drop a few drops of different colors on a baby wipe to create your own “ink pad”.  But today we are going to use the re-inkers as paint.


Take about 10 drops of a chosen color and place on an embossing folder.  (This technique works especially well with the new 3D folders.)  Grab a sponge or part of one and streak the ink across the folder.


Then place cardstock quickly before ink dries and run through Big Shot.  After running through you might need to grab that same sponge and fill in where there might be missing ink sections.


See the completed project on tomorrow’s tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Basket weaving made easy.

This card is so easy when you have a video and pictures to follow.  The background paper is from the second release of Sale-A-Bration as well as the stamp sets.  Please let me know how many copies of the new second release brochure you would like in the comments.

Check out the video on how to create this awesome card…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ld16EJLrPE

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂